All video recordings from "CyberChess 2023" are available here: (VIDEO)

October 4 - 5, 2023

The conference time zone is Eastern European Summer Time (UTC/GMT +3)

Hybrid format:

Radisson BLU Latvija, Elizabetes Str.55, Riga, Latvia

Online (Certificate only for registered online attendees)



03 OCT

Workshops and Trainings

Registration for the "CyberChess 2023" conference and the workshops and trainings on 3 October is separate. You can choose to attend the workshops and trainings only, even if you're not participating in the main conference. Registration for the workshops and trainings will be open until 27 September.

08:30 - 09:00 Registration register Room  
09:00 - 17:00 MESSEU Working Group EPSILON HALL Invitations only
09:00 - 13:30 Cybersecurity Breach Investigation Workshop (tabletop), Daina Ozoliņa (CERT.LV) GAMMA HALL Register
In this workshop, participants step into the shoes of Cyber Security Investigation team tasked with uncovering the culprits behind a cyberattack on business entity. The attack involves a multi-pronged assault, including a phishing attack, unauthorized access, a ransomware incident, and the spread of damaging fake news. Technical IT or cybersecurity skills are not required for this tabletop exercise. The workshop is designed to focus primarily on analytical and decision-making skills in a cyber crisis scenario.

Work language: Latvian

One game session takes approximately 1,5 hours, therefore there will be 2 separate groups:

  • I group: 09:00 – 10:30
  • II group: 11:00 – 12:30
09:00 - 13:30 Recon, Scanning, and Enumeration Attacks, Chris Dale (SANS) BETA HALL Register
In this workshop, we'll look at the techniques attackers use to conduct reconnaissance as a pre-attack step, including how they use open-source intelligence, network scanning, and target enumeration attacks to find the gaps in your network security. You'll use attacker techniques to assess the security of a target network, evaluating popular protocols and endpoints for Windows, Linux, and cloud targets. After delivering the attacks, you'll investigate the logging data and evidence that remains to recognize these attacks as they happen.


  • MITRE ATT&CK Framework Introduction
  • Open-Source Intelligence
  • DNS Interrogation
  • Website Reconnaissance
  • Network and Host Scanning with Nmap
  • Cloud Spotlight: Cloud Scanning
  • Enumerating shadow cloud targets
  • Server Message Block (SMB) Sessions
  • Defense Spotlight: DeepBlueCLI
09:00 - 14:30 Cyber Fortress - Build the most resilient ICT security system, Marcin Fronczak, Miroslaw Maj and Piotr Kepski (ComCERT SA) ALFA HALL Register
Cyber Fortress is a simulation game consisting in building the most resistant ICT environment security system and effective response to various threats from cyberspace. Each team gets a predetermined budget, which can be increased during the game. Teams have security at their disposal, which is divided into 8 categories (Organization, Physical infrastructure, Entire network, Network edge, Internal network, Endpoints, Apps and Data). Safeguards are scored differently based on their effectiveness in terms of prevention (identification and protection) and response (response, detection and recovery). The team that best prepares its organization for the events wins.

To play CyberFortress, players will need a computer or tablet with internet access and an installed web browser.

04 OCT

08:00 - 09:00 Registration & Coffee   register coffee
09:00 - 10:30 OPENING PLENARY :: Moderator: Mr. Reinis Zitmanis
09:00 - 09:10 Keynote, Mr. Andris Sprūds, Minister of Defense (LV)
09:10 - 09:15 Opening remarks, Ms. Baiba Kaškina (LV)
09:15 - 09:20 Opening remarks, Ms. Katrīna Sataki (LV)
09:20 - 09:50 DNS security & the Root DNSSEC KSK Ceremony, Mr. David Huberman (USA)
If you hear about the "keys to the Internet," the topic usually relates to a very specific thing — a digital key that is used to verify the security of the DNS. The concept of a master key that controls such an essential function sounds like it is lifted from spy novels. It has been the subject of many stories, television, and radio shows, that focus on the idea that seven people hold keys to the Internet. These fictionalized accounts, and some of the journalistic reporting, can overplay and sensationalize its importance. In this talk, David Huberman will describe what’s really going on, who is involved, and how ICANN keeps the keys secure.
09:50 - 10:20 The Ever-Changing Landscape and Impact of Cyber Warfare, Mr. Chris Boehm (USA) (no live stream)
Join us for an insightful presentation on cyber warfare, where we'll explore evolving strategies used by threat actors and their impact on nations, organizations, and essential services. Learn from Ukraine's cyber resilience to enhance your organization's defenses. Understand the growing threat to NATO and varying levels of cyber security investments made by nation-states, along with the US Cyber Security Framework. Gain valuable insights into the collateral impact of cyber warfare within the European Union, data sovereignty challenges, and their implications for businesses operating in Ukraine and Europe.
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break  coffee
OMEGA HALL Moderator: Mr. Reinis Zitmanis
11:00 - 11:30 Are We Reaching Early Maturity in Cybersecurity or a Brand-New Cycle? An Exploratory Perspective, Mr. Dion Hinchcliffe (USA)
The cybersecurity landscape continues to evolve rapidly, but an end state may be appearing in the rising prominence of zero trust architectures and a new, holistic approach known as Applied Threat Intelligence. Emerging trends include AI in threat development, multi-factor/passwordless authentication, IoT device proliferation, and human vector threats continue to create difficult challenges, but a new plateau in maturity appears in sight. Now new challenges arise from breakthroughs in quantum computing, organized ransomware, and ethical issues / new threats surrounding deepfakes and generative AI, that may spur a dramatic new cycle in cybersecurity regimes.
11:30 - 12:30 Enhancing cyber resilience through public-private cooperation

Moderator: Mr. Edmunds Beļskis (LV)

Panelists: Mr. Jānis Garisons (LV), Mr. Richard Browne (IE), Mr. Ingmārs Pūķis (LV), Mr. Florian Pennings (Microsoft)
The geopolitical context and recent activities in the cyberspace highlight the multidisciplinary and global nature of cybersecurity – from transport and energy infrastructures, to state systems and private entities, cybersecurity is a concern for everyone. Addressing the existing and potential risks requires a holistic approach involving both cross- sectoral and regional cooperation. This panel will focus on what is the best approach for effective cooperation on all levels – how can we reach tangible outcomes that will help the industry and state institutions?
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch lunch
13:30 - 14:00 EU Cybersecurity iniatives, Ms. Christiane Kirketerp de Viron (European Commission)
14:00 - 15:00 The role of NCCs in building cybersecurity competences across sectors

Moderator: Mr. Mihails Potapovs (LV)

Panelists: Mr. Lauri Tankler (EE), Mr. Jukka-Pekka Juutinen (FI), Ms. Inga Sūnelaitienė (LT), Mr. Tun Hirt (LU), Mr. Christoffer Karsberg (SE)

Cyber resilience of both public and private sector cannot be achieved without well-coordinated cybersecurity competence-building efforts. The National Coordination Centres (NCCs) are instrumental in consolidating national and European competence-building frameworks and activities, supporting cybersecurity research and deployment of innovative cybersecurity solutions, as well as facilitating collaboration and the sharing of expertise and capacities within the cybersecurity competence communities. The panel will look into the progress and challenges faced by the NCCs in addressing those issues.
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break  coffee
15:30 - 16:00 European Cybersecurity Competence Centre, Ms. Katarzyna Prusak-Górniak (ECCC)
16:00 - 16:30 Securing Latvia's digital tomorrow, Mr. Dmitrijs Ņikitins (LV)
By safeguarding its own infrastructure, providing cybersecurity services to government entities, and offering solutions to local businesses, Tet plays a vital role in fortifying Latvia's digital resilience and security. Tet will demonstrate actions that encompass it to ensure the digital security of the country and their role in it.
16:30 - 17:00 LatQN practical outcomes, Dr. Leo Trukšāns (LV)
Talk about LatQN project and main goals, the intended network and it's use-cases, as well as partnership with industry.
BETA HALL Moderator: Dr. Bernhards 'BB' Blumbergs
11:00 - 11:45 Practical Frida, Mr. Fernando Diaz Urbano (JP)
The objective of this presentation is to introduce Frida with practical use cases. For those not unfamiliar with Frida, first we will introduce the usage by bypassing some common anti-frida techniques. Then, we will showcase some practical examples to accelerate malware analysis by instrumenting important functionality of an APK.
11:45 - 12:30 KronoDroid: addressing machine learning-based Android malware detection challenges, Dr. Alejandro Guerra Manzanares (UAE)
Machine learning has been used to address numerous complex tasks in the cybersecurity domain in an automated fashion. Malware detection is a prominent one. Despite the myriad of studies addressing Android malware detection, just a few of them address real challenges surfacing in production environments such as concept drift and cross-device behavioral differences. This talk introduces the main methodologies used for Android malware detection, and the generation of KronoDroid, the first dataset enabling the study and analysis of concept drift and cross-device behavior for mobile malware detection.
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch lunch
13:30 - 14:15 DRAKVUF Sandbox - dynamic malware analysis from the hypervisor point of view, Mr. Paweł Srokosz (PL)
Malware is actively defending against dynamic analysis using various anti-vm and anti-sandbox techniques to prevent execution on a sandbox environment.It's difficult to avoid being detected when you're in the same ring, but fortunately, there are open-source projects that allow you to take the high ground.During this talk, I'll tell a story about our experience with DRAKVUF and DRAKVUF Sandbox, an agentless malware analysis system that is using Xen and Intel virtualization features (VT-x/EPT) to monitor malware execution as stealthy as possible.
14:15 - 15:00 Capturing Large-scale Cyber Exercises: Toward Automated Data Labeling, Dr. Mauno Pihelgas (EE), MSc. Allard Dijk (NL)
A team of cybersecurity researchers has captured data (logs, PCAPs) from NATO CCDCOE's cyber exercises for several years. Having collected tens or even hundreds of terabytes of realistic data may seem like a gold mine for cybersecurity research, however, it is not trivial to make sense of vast amounts of raw data. This talk will demonstrate exploring such large datasets and discuss the necessary steps for moving toward automating data labeling for machine learning purposes.
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break  coffee
15:30 - 16:15 An Exploration into Bluetooth RF Fingerprinting and Protocol Fuzzing, Mr. Artis Rušiņš (LV), Mr. Eduards Blumbergs (LV)
In this talk, we will first delve into our experimental study on RF fingerprinting of Bluetooth devices, demonstrating the unintended privacy risks that exist at the physical layer. We will then pivot to our exploration of Bluetooth protocol fuzzing, showcasing the effective tools and techniques for vulnerability identification in consumer wearable devices.
16:15 - 17:00 Cracking the nuts with DNS, Mr. Heiki Pikker (EE) (no live stream)
In the information society, DNS is one of the very important core services that we use on a daily basis. Why not use then this service as on layer of your cyber security solution in addition to secure name resolution. Sounds like a reasonable idea? This presentation opens up a bit what CERT-EE provided DNS service does.
17:00 - 17:15 SANS CEE-Regional CTF Award ceremony, Mr. George Daniliuc (SANS)
ALFA HALL Moderator: Ms. Katrīna Sataki (LV)
11:00 - 11:15 Welcome to the Baltic Domain Days 2023, Ms. Katrīna Sataki (LV)
11:15 - 11:45 The puzzle of the Baltic domains - .LT, .EE and .LV, Mr. Tomas Mackus (LT), Mr. Heiki Sibul (EE), Ms. Katrīna Sataki (LV)
Baltic domain registries .LV, .LT, and .EE will lead an insightful and data-rich discussion about their respective domains and the evolving internet landscape in the Baltic region. We will provide a comprehensive overview of each registry's statistics, facts, news, country trends, and future initiatives. It's an opportunity to delve into the most pressing issues and challenges the Baltic domain registries are facing and to compare the different approaches they pursue.
11:45 - 12:30 Running a top level domain in times of war

Moderator: Ms. Katrīna Sataki (LV)

Panelists: Mr. Dmitry Kohmanyuk (UA), Ms. Svitlana Tkachenko (UA)

Hear the story of the resilient Ukrainian national domain – .UA. How .UA registry is keeping the DNS infrastructure safe in such critical times and protecting what we all care about most: the people behind domains!
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch  lunch
13:30 - 14:15 DNS security in the Baltics

Moderator: Mr. David Huberman (US)

Panelists: Mr. Patrik Fältström (SE), Mr. Tomas Simonaitis (LT), Mr. Timo Võhmar (EE), Mr. Ivo Ķutts (LV)

The DNS is often viewed as an effective launching point for malicious attacks on Internet infrastructure. During this panel discussion, experts from both the region and from around the world will share their experiences about threats to the DNS, mitigations of those threats, and some thoughts on futureproofing DNS operations to make the Internet safer and more secure while maintaining the resilience the world has come to expect.
14:15 - 15:00 Collaboration between domain industry and CERTs

Moderator: Ms. Barbara Povše (SI)

Panelists: Ms. Daiva Tamulioniene (LT), Ms. Dana Ludviga (LV), Mr. Tomas Simonaitis (LT), Mr. Timo Võhmar (EE)

ccTLD Registries have for many years been playing an important role and providing reliable, stable and secure services to their respective local internet communities. But over the last years the DNS landscape and the whole internet business has changed. Cyber security threats have impacted the trust in the internet, upon actually our day-to day life depends. How to re-build this trust?
CERTs' (Cyber Security Response Teams) mission has allways been that: building trust in in internet and help in the case something went wrong. Isn’t it time to start working together?
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break  coffee
15:30 - 16:15 "Digital waste" for criminal minds and businessmen

Moderator: Ms. Dana Ludviga (LV)

Panelists: Mr. Artūrs Mednis (LV), Mr. Sascha Kämpf (DE), Mr. Tomas Mackus (LT), Mr. Kārlis Svilans (LV)

It's common today for individuals and organizations to discard a domain name once a project is completed or renamed. However, what often goes unnoticed is that in doing so, they unwittingly squander not only their project's marketing budget but also expose themselves to potential cybersecurity risks. The panel will dive deep into this phenomenon, by analyzing a few real-world use cases and the reasons behind the common practice of valuable domain name abandonment and will look into the domain name secondary market and the pivotal role played by domain name investors.
16:15 - 16:45 Make a difference with KINDNS, Mr. David Huberman (USA)
The presentation will focus on the state of security in internet infrastructure, and highlight the efforts of the MANRS and KINDNS initiatives to promote a more secure operation of the Internet.
16:45 - 17:00 Wrap-up of DAY 1, Ms. Katrīna Sataki (LV)

17:00 - 20:30 Social event, Main Lobby


08:00 - 09:00 Registration & Coffee   register   coffee
09:00 - 10:30 OPENING PLENARY :: Moderator: Mr. Reinis Zitmanis
09:00 - 9:20 How to create a National Guard sub-unit in a commercial company: LMT’s story, Mr. Mārtiņš Kaļķis (LV)
Latvijas Mobilais Telefons has been an active supporter of National security ever since. When it became possible to establish National guard subunit in a commercial company in Latvia, LMT set out to do this it in LMT group. We will share our story and successes so other critically thinking organizations can learn and help make Latvia more resilient.
09:20 - 9:45 AI Frontiers in Multimodal Information Warfare: Defending Democracy and Strenghtening StratCom in a Multilingual Landscape, Dr. Gundars Bergmanis-Korāts (LV)
AI is being used to support and counter disinformation in multilingual and multi-modal contexts. Despite the hype and limitations of current AI, recent advances in LLMs are opening up new possibilities for AI in multimodal information & cyber warfare. These advances have the potential to significantly impact the way that wars are fought in future.
09:45 - 10:10 Cyber Threat Intelligence - your guide to proactive cybersecurity programme, Mr. Maciej Martinek (PL), Mr. Jakub Orkiszewski (PL)
In today's threat landscape more and more response tasks are destined to SOC teams. Alert volume and their specifics make this battle more complicated to win. What if we can change the rules of the game in our favor with a couple of smart moves? During the session we will show how knowledge about your enemies, who they are, what are their motivations and which tools they use can help Cybersecurity Teams in developing proactive mode and be one step ahead. Live demo will present the practical implementation and use cases that can be built around Cyber Threat Intelligence.
10:10 - 10:30 The evolving domain landscape from the last 10 years: opportunities and threats to the traditional domain space, Mr. Rishi Maudhub (UK)
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break  coffee
OMEGA HALL Moderator: Mr. Reinis Zitmanis
11:00 - 11:30 Cyber Deterrence and Attribution - what have we learned so far? Mr. Daniel Pilkington (UK)
An overview of the UK approach to cyber deterrence and how we approach international coordination. Assessment of how offensive cyber capabilities might contribute to cyber deterrence.
11:30 - 12:30 Neighbouring CSIRTS - What keeps us awake at nights

Moderator: Mr. Kārlis Svilans (LV)

Panelists: Ms. Baiba Kaškina (LV), Mr. Danielius Vargonas (LT), Mr. Maciej Siciarek (PL), Mr. Jukka-Pekka Juutinen (FI)

In an interconnected world, cybersecurity challenges have become borderless, requiring nations to unite and collaborate in defence against cyber threats. Cyber threats and campaigns tend to be regional. A specific threat actor might target a specific region, a specific region may share similar holidays. There are multiple reasons as to why neighbouring countries could receive similar threat campaigns, differing only in the language of the payload. This panel discussion brings together esteemed representatives from the Latvian, Estonian, (Lithuanian), Polish, and Finnish Cyber Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) to explore the significance of cross-border cooperation in ensuring digital resilience and safeguarding our digital future.
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch lunch
13:30 - 14:30 #StrongerTogether - Lasting alliances in a turbulent time (CAN, NCSC-UK, LVA)

Panelists: Mr. Varis Teivāns (LV), Mr. Daniel Pilkington (UK), Rear-Admiral Luciano Carosielli (CA)

This panel discussion aims to highlight the importance of unity and collaboration between NATO member states in face of the war in Ukraine. The events in Ukraine have had a meaningful impact on the topic of safety in this region of Europe. Being an interest and potential target of Russia should not be surprising for any country neighboring Russia, given recent and past events.
Shared values and commitment to international norms, deterrence against aggression that disregards sovereignty, amplification of collective strength and capability. All these topics and more, will be discussed in this panel discussion to bring to light the importance of building lasting capabilities and alliances in order to maintain a secure environment in an uncertain and turbulent time.
14:30 - 15:00 CERT-UA: Research and Technical Analysis of Large-Scale Cyber Attacks in Ukraine (2022-2023), Mr. Yevhen Bryksin (UA)
BETA HALL Moderator: Dr.Bernhards 'BB' Blumbergs
11:00 - 11:45 Software Dependency Failures: jQuery, a Canary in the Coal Mine, Mr. Lari Huttunen (FI) (no live stream)
Keeping dependencies up-to-date is challenging for any software development project and even more so from a systems administration point of view. Too often you see packaged web projects, which have been put together and then forgotten. They contain dependencies to third party libraries, which never get updated even if the application itself is maintained – at least to some extent.
11:45 - 12:30 Detecting Threats on Industrial and Automation Control System Networks, Mr. Rūdolfs Ķelle (LV), Mr. Heinrihs Skrodelis (LV)
Detecting threats in IACS networks is critical for ensuring the security and reliability of critical infrastructure. Rudolfs will explore the process of crafting a Network Intrusion Detection System (NIDS) to provide visibility and proactive threat detection based on the IEC-60870-5-104 protocol.
Heinrihs will share the findings of the latest discoveries in ML applications in the development of IDS. He will address the challenges that arise, analyze past attacks, and delve into the creation of threat scenarios.
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch lunch
13:30 - 14:15 Flipping Bits From Software with Rowhammer a Decade Later, Mr. Andrea Di Dio (NL)
Rowhammer is a hardware failure mechanism discovered in 2014 which allows an attacker to modify data retained in DRAM cells without having access to that data. By merely accessing nearby rows in DRAM, an attacker can hinder the data integrity in other rows containing sensitive data. In this talk I will walk you through this phenomenon and give some examples of how one can exploit this DRAM vulnerability.
14:15 - 15:00 Streaming Anomaly Detection Using Sigma Rules, Mr. Jean-Claude Côté (CAN)
This talk will demonstrate how to easily deploy Sigma rules in Spark streaming pipelines to handle stateful parent-child relationships between log events.
ALFA HALL Moderator: Ms. Dana Ludviga (LV)
11:00 - 11:45 Chasing Cybersecurity Compliance: Will NIS 2 contribute to a greater DNS security?

Moderator: Ms. Polina Malaja (BE)

Panelists: Ms. Barbara Povše (SI), Mr. Tomas Mackus (LT), Ms. Helen Aaremäe-Saar (EE), Mr. Edgars Kiukucāns (LV)

Revised cybersecurity norms in the European Union widen its regulative scope by including DNS infrastructure stakeholders. The panel will discuss key elements of the NIS2 directive that can affect top-level-domain (TLD) name registries, DNS service providers, and entities providing domain name registration services (Articles 21 and 23), and will touch upon challenges for its transposition across the EU.
11:45 - 12:30 Data accuracy and tools for implementing it

Moderator: Ms. Katrīna Sataki (LV)

Panelists: Ms. Iveta Skujiņa (LV), Ms. Laura Subačienė (LT), Ms. Helen Aaremäe-Saar (EE), Ms. Asta Mineike (EU)

The data accuracy requirement in NIS2 directive obliges registries and registrars to ensure that the domain name registration data they collect and store is accurate and complete. The data accuracy requirement aims to contributing to the security, stability and resilience of the DNS. The discussion will address the methods and measures that registries or registrars should implement to ensure data accuracy; the challenges of complying with the data accuracy requirement, such as the costs and resources involved, risks and liabilities, and the added value for DNS security and trust; the tools that can help registries and registrars to comply with the data accuracy requirement.
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch  lunch
13:30 - 14:00 Effective domain name strategies to protect vital assets and tackle cybercrime, Mr. Patrick Hauss (FR)
Patrick Hauss will present on how to build a 360 domain security strategy that is looking at both angles of domain security: consolidating domain portfolio and identity vital domains within growing portfolios, as well as putting in place domain threat intelligence tools in order to respond to cybersquatting and phishing attacks.
14:00 - 14:45 Predictions on the future of the DNS

Moderator: Mr. Christopher Mondini (US)

Panelists: Mr. Patrik Fältström (SE), Mr. Tomas Mackus (LT), Mr. Vaggelis Segredakis (GR), Rishi Maudhub (UK)

The Domain Name System, or DNS, is what keeps the Internet global, interoperable, and expanding. It has worked uninterruptedly for forty years, resolving billions of queries every second, surviving wars, pandemics, and natural disasters. The DNS allows the Internet to connect 5.5 billion humans and tens of billions of our devices. It allows each of us access to all of the world’s knowledge, and gives us the ability to communicate directly with two-thirds of humanity. But how long can it survive? And what changes are on the horizon?
Please join our discussion, "Predictions on the Future of the DNS", with top experts on the technical, political, and business dynamics that will determine the DNS’ future. Will blockchain-based identifiers, the Internet of Things, or cyberattacks overwhelm current DNS structures? Will businesses develop new DNS applications that delight consumers and spur innovation? Or will centrifugal geo-political forces, such as trade wars, sanctions and tech regulation fragment the global DNS? We will explore both the most optimistic and pessimistic scenarios for this amazing global system that continues to surpass the expectations of its founders and evolve in remarkable ways.
14:45 - 15:00 Wrap-up of BDD, Ms. Katrīna Sataki (LV)

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break  coffee
15:30 - 17:00 CLOSING SESSION :: Moderator: Mr. Reinis Zitmanis
15:30 - 16:00 Cyber survivability, Mr. Patrik Fältström (SE)
We have a number of examples where we see organizations be able to handle a cyber attack without much notice, while others crawl out of the mud only after severe damages. Why is the difference between surviving or not in a cyber conflict depending so much on how well you have prepared?
16:00 - 16:30 Keynote, Rear-Admiral Luciano Carosielli (Canadian Armed Forces)
16:30 - 16:45 CTF Competition overview and announcement of the CTF winners, Dr. Bernhards `BB` Blumbergs
16:45 - 17:00 Conference end ceremony


Dr. Alejandro Guerra Manzanares - New York University Abu Dhabi, Post-doctoral associate ;
Alejandro Guerra Manzanares is a post-doctoral associate, jointly hired by the Center for Interacting Urban Networks (CITIES) and the Center for Cybersecurity at NYU Abu Dhabi. Before joining NYU, he was a researcher at the Center for Digital Forensics and Cyber Security, Department of Software Science, at Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia), where he obtained his Ph.D. degree in Information Technology in 2022. His dissertation covered Android malware detection and IoT botnet detection tasks (https://l8.nu/tL9q). He has first authored +15 papers covering aspects such as concept drift, cross-device behavioral challenges and active learning. He received a BA degree in criminology (cum laude) from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain) in 2013 and a BS degree in ICT engineering (cum laude) from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain) in 2017. In 2018, he received a M.Sc. in cybersecurity (cum laude) from Tallinn University of Technology.
MSc. Allard Dijk - Netherlands Defence Academy;
Allard Dijk received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Hogeschool Alkmaar in 2003 and an M.S. degree in Software Engineering from the University of Amsterdam in 2010. From 2007 to 2016, he worked as a hardware and software developer for the Dutch military and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Cybersecurity and AI. He started his involvement with Locked Shields as a defender of SCADA/ICS systems in 2015. In 2016, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Military Sciences of The Netherlands Defence Academy (NLDA)in Den Helder.
Mr. Andrea Di Dio - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - VUSec, PhD candidate;
Andrea is currently a PhD candidate in the Systems Security Group (VUSec) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He is mainly interested in low level topics in Systems and Security. Some keywords related to his interests include memory safety, Linux kernel, side channels, fault injection and operating system design.
Mr. Andris Sprūds - The Republic of Latvia, Minister of Defense;
Mr. Artis Rušiņš - Institute of Electronics and Computer Science, Research assistant;
Artis has a master's degree in electrical engineering and experience in the fields of wireless communication, digital signal processing and currently is working as a research assistant at Institute of Electronics and Computer Science in Cyber-Physical Systems laboratory.
Mr. Artūrs Mednis - New Black, General manager, digital marketing expert;
Arturs Mednis is a most known digital marketing expert in Latvia with over 20 years of experience in the field. He is the Founder and CEO of New Black, a most awarded digital marketing agency in Latvia. Arturs has been a prominent speaker and presenter at various conferences, seminars, and training sessions since 2006. Additionally, for last 13 years he serves as a Digital Marketing teacher at RISEBA University. With a profound interest in buyer behavior and Artificial Intelligence, Arturs is deeply fascinated by cognitive and social sciences.
Ms. Asta Mineike - EURid, Support and Operations Manager;
Asta Mineike currently serves as the Support and Operations Manager at EURid, the manager of the .eu domain registry. She assumed this role almost two years ago, following several years as the Regional Manager for Northern Europe. As Support and Operations Manager, Asta successfully implemented a data validation procedure within the BizOps team. She leads a dedicated team responsible for data validation, utilizing innovative tools to enhance data quality and strengthen the trustworthiness of the .eu domain namespace.
Ms. Baiba Kaškina - CERT.LV, General Manager;
Baiba Kaškina is the General manager of CERT.LV - Latvian National and Governmental CSIRT (since 2011) leading the dynamic work of the team and liaising with the constituencies. She has started the first CERT team in Latvia in 2006 and since then has been involved in shaping the cyber security ecosystem of Latvia as well as internationally. Baiba has been the chair of European CSIRTs collaboration forum TF-CSIRT from 2014-2019. She has received the Order of Three stars from the Republic of Latvia in recognition of her contribution to establish and lead the Latvian cyber security environment.
Ms. Barbara Povše - .SI registry, ARNES, General manager;
Barbara Povše is the head of the Slovenian TLD Registry since 1997. Registry.si was one of the founding members of CENTR, the big family of European (and wider) national registries. They were helping to shape what today is ICANN (and still trying to do so). In these many, many years the DNS Ecosystem became her home. It’s exciting for Barbara to work in a constantly changing environment, with so many experts from a very different fields, still learning new things. In February 2020 CENTR colleagues of Barbara elected her as a Chair of the CENTR Board of Directors.
Dr. Bernhards `BB` Blumbergs - CERT.LV, Lead cybersecurity expert;
Dr. Bernhards Blumbergs is a lead cyber-security expert at the Information Technology Security Incident Response Institution of the Republic of Latvia (CERT.LV) and the former Technology Researcher at the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (NATO CCD COE) also the Ambassador of the Centre since 2018. He is the creator and the technical director of the world’s largest and most innovative full-spectrum offensive cyber operation exercise Crossed Swords. He is a certified exploit researcher and advanced penetration tester (GXPN), industrial cyber security professional (GICSP), and response and industrial defense expert (GRID). He has a solid military background, targeted at developing, administering, and securing wide-area information systems.Dr. Blumbergs received his Computer Science PhD degree in Cyber Security from Tallinn Technical University in 2019, with his dissertation on specialized cyber red team responsive computer network operations. Currently, he is doing a JSPS postdoc fellowship in Nara Institute of Science of Technology (Japan) with his research focusing on information space awareness.
Mr. Chris Boehm - Global Field CISOs at SentinelOne, Director;
Chris Boehm is the Director of Global Field CISOs at SentinelOne. As a cybersecurity thought leader, he drives strategy and works closely with some of the largest organizations in the world. Before SentinelOne, he was a Senior Product Manager at Microsoft in the Azure Security engineering division. In his five years at Microsoft, he focused on driving product strategy and delivering strategic customer enablement. Chris worked closely with the Microsoft Cyber Defense Operations Center (CDOC) and Microsoft Threat Intelligence team (MSTIC) to work on research and enablement to create a more intuitive investigation experience for Security Operations Centers.
Mr. Christopher Mondini - ICANN, Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, Europe and Managing Director for Europe;
Chris Mondini is Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, Europe and Managing Director for Europe, stationed in the Brussels, Belgium office. In his role, Mondini oversees ICANN org’s operations in the region and leads ICANN org’s Global Business Engagement initiatives worldwide. Christopher began his professional life as a United States diplomat and later became a corporate investigator with Deloitte. He has investigated the world’s largest corporate corruption cases, while working with NGOs and business organizations on ways to mitigate corruption risks. He also led grant-making teams for the Full Circle Fund, an engaged philanthropy organization addressing economic development challenges. Christopher holds degrees from Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities. Throughout his career in Washington and Silicon Valley, he has dedicated his career to bridging communications gaps that occur among diverse sectors - public, private and nonprofit – and across international borders.
Ms. Christiane Kirketerp de Viron - Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission, Head of Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy Policy Unit;
Christiane Kirketerp de Viron has been the Head of Unit for Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy policies in the European Commission´s DG CONNECT since July 2022. Prior to this, she was Member of Cabinet for the European Commissioner for Budget and Administration, Johannes Hahn, where parts of her responsibilities concerned the digital transformation of the European Commission as well as the cybersecurity of EU Institutions, Bodies and Agencies. During the Juncker Commission, Christiane served as Member of Cabinet for the European Commissioner for Research Innovation and Science, Carlos Moedas.
Mr. Christoffer Karsberg - Swedish National Coordination Centre (NCC-SE), Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), Coordinator;
Christoffer Karsberg works as Coordinator for the National Coordination Centre for Cybersecurity Research and Innovation, NCC-SE. The Centre is hosted by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, MSB. Previously at MSB, Christoffer coordinated the NIS Directive rollout in Sweden. Christoffer also has a background from the European Cybersecurity Agency ENISA and from the Swedish telecom regulator PTS.
Ms. Daiva Tamulioniene - Cyber Defence department at the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) of Lithuania, Head of division;
Daiva Tamulioniene works at the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) under the Ministry of National Defence of Lithuania. As the Head of division at Cyber Defence department, she is responsible for implementation and development of cyber security monitoring and cyber attack detection and prevention measures in the national defence system, state information resources and critical information infrastructures. Division also develops and administers the cyber security information network platform. Prior to joining NCSC in 2022, Daiva has worked in the domain name industry for more than 30 years as the manager of the .LT registry since its creation.
Mr. Daniel Pilkington - Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (UK), Regional Cyber Lead;
Dan is the UK's Regional Cyber Lead for the Nordic-Baltic region, based at the British Embassy in Copenhagen. He has previous experience in cyber operations, policy, strategy and international engagement.
Ms. Dana Ludviga - .LV registry (NIC.LV), Digital Project Manager;
Dana Ludviga holds a master's degree in computer science and has over a decade of experience in the domain industry. She currently serves as the Digital Project Manager at NIC, the registry for .LV domains. Dana contributes to the development to the domain industry as the co-chair of the Marketing Working Group at the Council of European National Top-Level Domain Registries (CENTR). In this role, she collaborates with industry leaders to develop marketing strategies and initiatives, with a keen eye on domain name security. Before her current role, Dana was as a computer science researcher at the University of Latvia. Her work extended to diverse IT research and network development projects funded under the 7th framework of the European Union. Dana held leadership positions in various market research teams.
Mr. Danielius Vargonas - Cyber security management department (CERT-LT) of National Cyber Security Centre under THE MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEFENCE Republic of Lithuania, Computer systems engineer;
Danielius Vargonas worked with NATO shielding standards on EMI/RFI (TEMPEST) certifications. Then he moved on to cyber and joined CERT-LT. At the moment he is in the roles of incident responder and reverse engineer. Past two years Danielius has been also part of EU PESCO Cyber Rapid Reaction Team (CRRT). Certified in CompTIA CASP+ and others.
Mr. David Huberman - ICANN’s Office of the CTO, Regional Technical Engagement Manager;
David has been in the internet engineering industry since 1999. Prior to joining ICANN, he was at companies such as Microsoft, Global Crossing, Oracle, and Telocity. He also spent 10 years at ARIN. David graduated from Indiana University in 1996 with a bachelors of arts degree for a double major (telecommunications and geography). He lives with his family in Ashburn, Virginia, USA.
Mr. Dion Hinchcliffe - Constellation Research (US), Vice President and Principal Analyst;
Dion Hinchcliffe is a well-known IT and cybersecurity expert, bestselling book author, enterprise architect, frequent keynote speaker, analyst, futurist, and strategy expert based in Washington, DC. He is currently VP and Principal Analyst at Constellation Research as well as an Executive Fellow at the Tuck School of Business Center for Digital Strategies. He has led or advised at a senior level over a dozen major digital transformation and cybersecurity projects on six continents. Leadtail recently ranked him the #2 global influencer of CIOs.
Mr. Dmitrijs Ņikitins - Tet, CTO;
Dmitrijs Nikitins, a distinguished member of Tet's board and Chief Technology Officer, boasts over 15 years of expertise in IT. With a strong foundation in research, development, and technology implementation, he has been instrumental in enterprise digital transformation and agile strategy. His multifaceted skill set spans DevOps, software development, network management, and cybersecurity, consistently driving innovation and business elevation.
Mr. Dmitry Kohmanyuk - .UA registry, Hostmaster Ltd., Head of Strategy and CTO;
Internet engineer with rich background in high-profile, mission-critical 24x7 operations. Specializing in DNS infrastructure. Administrative contact for .UA ccTLD, Hostmaster.UA. Member of Internet Association of Ukraine. Can help as for hands-on CTO or VP of Operations. Specialties: Internet operations, Datacenter deployment, Service scalability, DNSSEC, IPv6, internet governance.
Mr. Edgars Kiukucāns - MoD, Head of the National Cybersecurity Policy Coordination Section;
Mr. Edmunds Beļskis - Latvian Information and communications technology association (LIKTA), Member of the Board;
Mr. Eduards Blumbergs - AI lab, Insitute of Mathematics and Computer Science (LV), Computing systems analyst;
Eduards has more than ten years of experience in network administration and hardware maintenance, and is well versed in technology infrastructure. Over the past three years, he has honed his skills in system and hardware security testing, dedicating his daily efforts to hardening these critical areas against potential threats.
Mr. Fernando Diaz Urbano - VirustTotal, Senior Software Engineer;
Software Engineer at VirusTotal. Main focus of work is the development of dynamic analysis environments and the analysis of banking trojans and APTs. Creator of the free online resource learnfrida.info to introduce users to binary instrumentation and how to use the Frida toolkit.
Mr. Florian Pennings - EU Cybersecurity Public Policies, Microsoft, Government Affairs Director;
Florian Pennings works for Microsoft as Director for EU cybersecurity policies. In this role he leads Microsoft’s effort regarding relevant cybersecurity policy development and cooperation, supporting public policy development with transparency, inclusion and expertise in mind. Previous to this role, he worked in public sector for EU institutions and national security agencies. He focuses on bringing different organizations together by focusing on common (security) interests and ensuring benefits to global cyber resilience.
Dr. Gundars Bergmanis-Korāts - NATO STRATCOM CoE, Principal scientist;
Holding a Ph.D. in signal and image processing, Dr. Gundars Bergmanis-Korāts works as a principal scientist at the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (StratCom COE). His research is primarily focused on the evolving role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the landscape of disinformation. Within the scope of his work, Dr. Bergmanis-Korāts is involved in numerous projects. He utilizes his expertise in the practical application of AI within custom analytics tools, aiming to enhance their efficiency and accuracy. Furthermore, he also investigates the applicability of AI in small EU languages, specifically in the context of countering disinformation. In addition to these research areas, Dr. Bergmanis-Korāts studies the role of AI in Strategic Communications, with a keen interest in the implications and opportunities associated with cutting-edge generative AI, including the Large Language Models. His prior work includes an exploration of the security implications of data brokers and an analysis of social media platforms.
Mr. Heiki Pikker - Information System Authority, NSCS-EE, CERT-EE, Cyber Security Expert;
Since 2018 Heiki has worked as Cyber Security Expert of CERT-EE (national CERT of the country). He has over 20 years of experience in the administration of computer systems and networks.
Mr. Heiki Sibul - Estonian Internet Foundation (.EE Registry), General manager;
Mr. Heiki Sibul is the CEO of the Estonian Internet Foundation and has been in charge of organizing the Estonian Internet Governance Forum called National Internet Day. Throughout his career Heiki Sibul has contributed to the development of the Estonian Internet. He has extensive experience in organizing Estonian elections – he held the position of the Chairman of the Estonian National Electoral Committee from 2000 to 2012. Moreover, Mr. Sibul was the leader of the Estonian Internet voting project from 2003 to 2012. He has also held different positions in the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu), including the position of Secretary General. From 2013 - 2022, he was the Chairman of the Council of Civil Service Ethics. Mr. Sibul holds an MA in Law and Political Sciences from the University of Tartu.
Mr. Heinrihs Skrodelis - Riga University of Technology, PhD student;
Heinrihs is a PhD candidate who is currently engaged in the development of an Intrusion Protection System (IPS) for SCADA systems, with a broader objective of strengthening the cybersecurity landscape. His research interests are diverse and encompass the fields of network security, synthetic data generation and machine learning. Heinrihs' methodological approach is a fusion of advanced techniques such as machine learning algorithms, data analysis and network simulations.
Ms. Helen Aaremäe-Saar - Estonian Internet Foundation (.EE Registry), Lawyer, Registrar Coordinator;
Helen is currently working in the Estonian Internet Foundation as a leading IT lawyer and is responsible for all of the legal matters mainly in the domain name industry field. Helen is also responsible for data privacy compliance and deals with data security issues as data protection officer (DPO). Helen has an MA degree in Information Technology Law from the University of Tartu.
Ms. Inga Sūnelaitienė - Ministry of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania, Head of Cyber Security and IT Policy Group;
Mr. Ingmārs Pūķis - LMT, Vice President, Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer, Member of the Management Board;
Since 2009, Ingmārs Pūķis has been the Marketing and Business Development Vice President and Member of the Management Board of Latvian Mobile Telephone, Ltd. He holds two decades of experience in telecommunications, marketing, and business development. Before joining LMT, Ingmars was the owner and CEO of Exact Management LLC; before that – the Marketing Director at Exigen Services Latvia JSC. Between 2000 and 2004, he worked at Lattelekom LLC, progressing from Marketing Manager to Director of Broadband Services Department. Ingmars is a member of the Latvian Internet Association. He’s also a member of the State Administration Policy Development Council.
Ms. Iveta Skujiņa - Head of NIC.LV policy development and compliance group and Senior Lawyer at CERT.LV;
Iveta works at the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Latvia as a Head of NIC.LV policy development and compliance group and is engaged in cybersecurity field as a Senior Lawyer at CERT.LV. Her knowledge of information technology law and policy development expertise has been instrumental in many successful projects as well as liaising with national institutions and other organisations with emphasis on technology and regulation interrelations. Iveta holds an LL.M. from the University of Latvia, where she specialised in Public International Law with a focus on Internet governance.
Mr. Ivo Ķutts - NIC.LV, Chief Technical Officer;
Mr. Jakub Orkiszewski - Recorded Future, Senior Account Executive;
Jakub Orkiszewski - Account Executive with over 12 years of experience in the IT industry. For the past ten years engaged in IT security projects in the Eastern European market in the area of consulting, business development and sales. Currently representing Recorded Future, whose main goal is to empower organizations with the visibility and information organizations need to identify threats and take proactive actions against bad actors, to further conduct the business in a safe manner. In the past responsible for infrastructure projects with Dell EMC, data protection projects with Imperva and Identity Security projects with SailPoint Technologies.
Mr. Jānis Garisons - Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia, State Secretary;
Mr. Garisons is the State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia since August 2015. As the State Secretary, he is the highest civil servant and has overall responsibility for the defence planning, organization, personnel, resource management and finances of the whole realm of the Ministry of Defence. He provides the Minister with the advice for all decisions. He is an active member of the National Guard and serves in the NG Student Battalion. Mr. Garisons has a Master’s degree in History from the University of Latvia and a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from U.S. Army War College.
Mr. Jean-Claude Côté - Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, Principal engineer;
Data democratization advocate and principal engineer at Canadian Centre for Cyber Security.
Mr. Jukka-Pekka Juutinen - National Cyber Security Centre, Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom), Director (Information Security Phenomena and Development);
Jukka-Pekka Juutinen is responsible of operations of the National Cyber Security Centre Finland (NCSC-FI) with the other directors. As his a special responsible areas are information security phenomena and development. He is also responsible of the National Coordination Centre Finland which is placed in NCSC-FI. With 16 years of experience in working as public servant in the field of electronic communication, identification services and cybersecurity has given to him a good knowledge base to analyze the level of the cybersecurity and preparedness as well as the development areas in cybersecurity and preparedness in Finland and EU.
Mr. Kārlis Svilans - Incident Response team of CERT.LV;
Kārlis Svilans is a member of CERT.LV since 2020. He is a member of the Incident Response team, as well as an active of the threat hunter, having taken part in multiple threat hunting operations to this date. Kārlis is part of the CyberChess conference planning committee and has represented CERT.LV in several international events, among those: MeliCERTes Conference, NATO CCDCoE Crossed Swords 2022, the 35th annual FIRST conference and others. An Australian born Latvian, Kārlis graduated with a bachelors degree in Computer Science from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2020.
Ms. Katarzyna Prusak-Górniak - European Cybersecurity Competence Centre, Deputy Chair of the Governing Board;
The ECCC and NCC Network have a mission to increase the global competitiveness of the Union’s cybersecurity industry with a strong focus on SMEs and startups, ensure high cybersecurity standards throughout the Union and turn cybersecurity into a competitive advantage for other Union industries. The presentation will focus on latest developments in the ECCC and the NCC Network to achieve this goal.
Ms. Katrīna Sataki - .LV registry, NIC.LV, Chief Executive Officer;
Katrina Sataki currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of NIC.LV, the country code Top-Level domain of Latvia managed by the Network Solutions Department of the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Latvia. Katrina has been involved with .LV since 1997 when she helped to develop the website and on-line registration form of the registry operator. She also has participated in many meetings organised by European registry operators and has been an active participant of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) community and served as the ccNSO Council chair from 2016-2021. Katrina holds a professional degree in Mathematics, a Master’s degree in Computer Science and a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Latvia. She has participated in several research projects, lectured law students on IT Law and IT students on law and internet governance related issues.
Mr. Lari Huttunen - Artic Security, Senior Solutions Specialist;
Lari Huttunen is a polyglot linguist with an avid interest in defensive cyber security. He’s been working in the field since the late 1990s. At the beginning of his career he worked for the Finnish police, but since 2007 he has been employed by the private sector (Codenomicon - Synopsys - Arctic Security). Throughout his career, his main passion has been early warning. That is why he is heavily involved in researching the impact of known vulnerabilities and exposures on a global scale, as well as understanding cyber crime – but with a victim focus.
Ms. Laura Subačienė - Internet Service Centre at Kaunas University of Technology (.LT Registry / DOMREG.LT), Lawyer;
Laura has previous experience in counterintelligence and cyber security. She is interested in the legal aspects of Intellectual Property and Domains.
Mr. Lauri Tankler - Estonian Information System Authority, Head of R&D Coordination;
Mr. Lauri Tankler is the head of Research and Development Coordination at the National Cybersecurity Centre (part of the Estonian Information System Authority). A former journalist and teacher, he has been focusing on cybersecurity for the last 5 years, analysing cyber incidents, raising awareness on cyber threats and accelerating new ideas to boost the cyber-resilience in Estonia and Europe. He is currently spearheading a new initiative to foster the Estonian and European cybersecurity research, innovation and entrepreneurship through EU investments, collaboration on research, market incentives and a special focus on the next generation of cyber specialists.
Dr. Leo Trukšāns - SJSC "Latvia State Radio and Television Center" (LVRTC), Leading QKD specialist;
Leo Trukšāns has 30 years of experience in IT projects, including Latvian Education Informatization System, BalticGrid, E-Spiets science cloud, IPsec QKD integration development. He joined LVRTC for the development of first national QCI network. He has doctor degree in Computer Science from University of Latvia where he also works as associate professor in the field of IT.
Rear Admiral Luciano Carosielli - Canadian Armed Forces, Chief of Staff – Information Management Group;
Rear-Admiral Carosielli holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Concordia University, a Masters of Applied Science in Software Engineering from the Royal Military College in Kingston and is a graduate of the Canadian Forces College Joint Command and Staff Programme and the National Security Programme. In June 2022 Rear-Admiral Carosielli was appointed Chief of Staff for Assistant Deputy Minister (Information Management).
Mr. Maciej Martinek - Recorded Future, Lead Sales Engineer;
For over 10 years, Maciej has been helping organizations in Europe develop their cybersecurity. He gained his experience working for the largest integrators and distributors in the region in professional services departments. His main interests focus on the Security Operation Center, process design and solution implementation. Privately, a great sports fan (unfortunately, currently more passively in front of the screen than actively).
Mr. Maciej Siciarek - CSIRT NASK, Director;
Mr. Mārtiņš Kaļķis - Latvijas Mobilais telefons (LMT), Head of LMT Cybersecurity Division, LMT Security Department;
Mārtiņš Kaļķis has worked in different roles at LMT Security Department while focusing on technology, security and resilience and currently is leading cybersecurity. He is an active member of cybersecurity community locally and globally, member of several NGOs, provides his expertise in cybersecurity governance legislation development. Recently he led the establishment of LMT’s National Guard subunit.
Mr. Mauno Pihelgas - Podium North (EE), Senior Systems Engineer; The Netherlands Defence Academy (NL), Assistant professor;
Mauno Pihelgas has almost a decade of experience as a Technology Researcher at the NATO CCDCOE, where his area of expertise was monitoring, cyber security automation, data mining, and situational awareness. In addition to various research endeavors, he has been closely involved with the technical development of CCDCOE's cybersecurity exercises Locked Shields and Crossed Swords. He obtained his PhD degree from Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) in 2021. He is currently working as a Senior Systems Engineer for a global group of companies at Podium North.
Mr. Mihails Potapovs - Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia, Head of the European Union Cybersecurity Affairs Section;
Mihails Potapovs is the Head of the European Union Cybersecurity Affairs Section at the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia. With a Master’s degree in International Security from Sciences Po, Mihails has a comprehensive understanding of global threats and strategic challenges. He also serves as Member of the Governing Board of the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre (ECCC) and Head of the Latvian National Coordination Centre (NCC-LV) Secretariat. Prior to his current roles, Mihails gained valuable experience in various capacities within the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the European Commission.
Mr. Patrick Hauss - CSC Corporate Domain, Regional Director;
Patrick Hauss is a CSC® regional director based in Paris. He is responsible for digital assets management, cyber security, and online brand protection business development in France, Spain, and the Middle East. Patrick has held positions within major French companies including Bank and Telecom, where he oversaw the technology contracts negotiation process and was responsible for data privacy compliance, brand protection, and trademarks/domain names management. Patrick has a master’s degree in Intellectual Property and IT Law from the CEIPI in Strasbourg. He coauthored "Stratégies de nommage, sélectionner et sécuriser ses noms de domaine sur Internet." He is also a member of CYBERLEX, the INTA, the AIPPI and the IESAS (European Institute for Advanced Security & Safety).
Mr. Patrik Fältström - NETNOD, Head of Security;
Patrik has been working with the Internet since around 1980, and he has been focused on robust communication. Creator of a few standards, including internationalized domain names (IDN), and long term participant in the IETF and RIPE. Have been negotiating on behalf of Sweden in the ITU and been the chair of SSAC within ICANN for 7 years. Last 10+ years at Netnod with a security and operational focus, and last three years part time for the Swedish Armed Forces. 2023 he was team lead for the Swedish/Icelandic team in Locked Shields, the Nato exercise hosted by CCDCOE in Tallinn, and the team did win.
Mr. Paweł Srokosz - CERT Polska / NASK, Security researcher and a malware analyst at CERT.PL;
Paweł Srokosz is a security researcher and a malware analyst at CERT.PL, constantly digging for fire and doing reverse engineering of ransomware and botnet malware. Main developer of CERT.pl open-source projects for malware analysis automation: MWDB Core and Karton. Free-time spends on playing CTFs as a p4 team member.
Ms. Polina Malaja - CENTR, Policy Director;
Polina Malaja is the Policy Director at the Council of European National Top-Level Domain Registries (CENTR), leading its policy work and liaising with governments, institutions and other organisations in the internet ecosystem. She holds an LL.M in International Human Rights Law and Intellectual Property Rights Law and is deeply interested in interactions between technology and fundamental rights and freedoms in the digital age. Before joining CENTR, Polina was responsible for the free and open source software advocacy work at the Free Software Foundation Europe, together with leading the FSFE legal team and coordinating the biggest network of legal experts in Free Software: the Legal Network.
Mr. Rishi Maudhub - Team Internet Group, Director and Head of Global Registry Services;
Rishi Maudhub has worked in the domain industry for over ten years, and he remains one of the longest serving members of the CentralNic Group. With over 15 years of post-qualified legal experience in corporate contracts and cross-border disputes, Rishi has worked across all of CentralNic's business divisions. From overseeing the successful applications of over 140 brand applicants in the 2012 ICANN gTLD process, Rishi is now Head of Global Registry Services, and works closely with the Brand Services team to execute on strategic partnerships to help grow CentralNic's reputation as the predominant force in registry and registrar services.
Mr. Reinis Zitmanis - Moderator;
Mr. Richard Browne - National Cyber Security Center, Republic of Ireland, Director;
Richard A Browne is Director of the National Cyber Security Centre in Ireland, a role he has held since 2021. He has previously held roles in the Prime Minister’s office and in digital and telecommunications policy.
Mr. Rūdolfs Ķelle - CERT.LV, Incident responder; Tallinn University of Technology; MSc in Cybersecurity;
Rudolfs is an incident responder who also delves into threat hunting and conducts research in Industrial Automation and Control System (IACS) security at CERT.LV. He holds a Master's degree in Cybersecurity from Tallinn University of Technology (Taltech).
Mr. Sascha Kämpf - .DE registry, DENIC, Product Manager;
Mr. Sascha Kämpf works as Product Manager for .de, the german registry, since 2001. For the past 10 years he has been responsible for the .de registration system and information services. As such he worked on the introduction of IDNs, one and two letter domains and DENIC´s rush system for domain investors. Since 2014 Sascha Kämpf is also the chair of the CENTR Administrative working group. The working group deals with processes and services related to daily interaction with registrars, registration data quality management, channel management, design, introduction, redesign and improvement of products and services and observation of trends within registries and in the broader.
Ms. Svitlana Tkachenko - .UA registry, Hostmaster Ltd, Head of Marketing;
Svitlana has been working for the ccTLD .UA for over 15 years in different capacities, starting as a technical operator to a Board Member. All this time her main goal has been to ensure stability, reliability, resilience of the ccTLD .UA. Svitlana has participated in policy development for .ua and in various technical projects. She is also the founder and organizer of the UADOM meeting, regional meeting of the domain industry players, which attracts regional specialists and international DNS experts.
Mr. Timo Võhmar - Estonian Internet Foundation (.EE Registry), Head of Development;
Timo Võhmar is a laid back, cool and fun guy with "how can we improve that" type of mindset. He has quite a few revolutionary and disruptive solutions under his belt like blind auction system for releasing domains and the best electronic identification and authentication system in the world. There is no end of great ideas with this one.
Mr. Tomas Mackus - Internet Service Centre at Kaunas University of Technology (.LT Registry / DOMREG.LT), General manager;
Over 20 years of experience in the internet domain name industry. Tomas has been actively involved in cyber security assurance of .LT registry and domain name system over the last decade.
Mr. Tomas Simonaitis - Internet Service Centre at Kaunas University of Technology (.LT Registry / DOMREG.LT), Chief Technical Officer;
Tomas has been working in the DNS industry since 2007. Cyber security is one of the key interest areas, where Tomas holds multiple certificates including GCFA, GNFA, GPYC and GREM.
Mr. Tun Hirt - Luxembourg House of Cybersecurity, Head of the Luxembourg National Coordination Centre (NCC-LU);
Tun Hirt works at Luxembourg House of Cybersecurity as Head of the National Cybersecurity Coordination Centre (NCC-LU). With his background in both International and Cyber Law, Tun works on strategic, legal and economic aspects of cybersecurity. One of the main missions of the NCC-LU is to coordinate European research, industry and education with the aim to up-level capacity building in Europe, together with a Network of National Centres in all of the 27 EU Member States.
Mr. Varis Teivāns - CERT.LV, Deputy manager, Technical team leader;
Varis Teivāns works in the field of cyber security since 2006. He has played a major role in development of the IT security infrastructure and a recovery plan for the Latvian presidency of the EU. Varis has participated in planning, technical setup, and scenario development of several hackfests, run technical workshops on IT security issues at the university as well as at the CERT.LV organized events. Currently Varis is leading CERT.LV's technical incident response team.
Mr. Vaggelis Segredakis - ICS-FORTH, Chief Executive Officer;
Vaggelis Segredakis has been the CEO of the .GR registry ICS-FORTH for over seveenteen years.
Mr. Yevhen Bryksin - Computer Emergency Response Team of Ukraine CERT-UA, Deputy Chief;
Yevhen Bryksin is Deputy Chief of the Computer Emergency Response Team of Ukraine (CERT-UA) which is part of the State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine. Worked in CERT-UA since 2014. Deputy Chief since 2020. The main tasks are the development and implementation of CERT-UA services and managing processes of incident investigation, computer forensics, and malware analysis.


CTF status GameOverMan!
First position_KCSC_
Second positionEVOSEC
CTF styleJeopardy
CTF start 04OCT 09:00 (UTC/GMT +3)
CTF end05OCT 16:00 (UTC/GMT +3)
Accepted team count 45
Maximum members per team 5
AwardsTop three teams based on the points scored
CTF provided byHack The Box
Awards provided by Conference organizers and supporters